Anxiety and Panic Attacks
Do you struggle with anxiety, stress, worry, ruminating? Does your mind feel busy, does your heart race, do you feel shaky, cold or sweaty, do you have gut health issues?
If you have anxiety in any form, then Neurotherapy may be able to help you. Anxiety expresses itself in many ways. It can cause us to worry unnecessarily over daily matters. It can lead us to ruminate about past mistakes, perceived failures or when socializing. Anxiety can affect our ability to work productively, to feel comfortable in our relationships, and our ability to sleep and eat.
Often treatment for anxiety includes pharmaceutical medications. Biofeedback treatments are one of the most effective psychological treatments to reduce anxiety symptoms, these include, breathing training, heart rate variability training, skin conductance training and muscle relaxation. Neurotherapy can use either neurofeedback to self-regulate brainwave activity or neuromodulation to decrease firing rates of excitatory worry networks. Neurotherapy targets and trains the brain so that it can naturally prevent and manage the brain and body’s stress response. That is, it retrains the part of your brain that controls stress itself, so the brain can calm these areas on its own.
BRAIN PATTERNS AND ANXIETY
Anxiety takes many forms, so do the brain patterns associated with anxiety. Some patterns include under-arousal of certain areas of the brain, which leads to increases in rumination and worry. You might find yourself in excessive worry, thinking negatively about yourself and the world, and have difficulty stopping yourself from thinking negative self-defeating thoughts. Another pattern is an over-aroused pattern. This type of brain pattern leads people to feel overwhelmed, stressed, and have physical symptoms such as heart racing, sweating, irritable bowl syndrome, melancholy and even difficulties breathing at times. Neurotherapy can treat both types of patterns by regulating either the under or over-arousal.
WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT WITH NEUROTHERAPY?
People with anxiety are often prescribed medication. Although this can be a huge relief to have an improvement in your anxiety symptoms, the medications unfortunately do not teach you how to regulate your own symptoms and some medications can be addictive and/or require increased dosage. The QEEG targets the underlying brain patterns that lead to the experience of anxiety. The training gives your brain the information it needs to regulate itself so that you feel better. People who have been treated with Neurotherapy often notice very early in treatment that they feel calmer, their body is not as reactive to stress, and they have less physical symptoms of anxiety. Unlike medications, where when an individual stops taking them the anxiety is often still there with Neurotherapy training, your brain gains the ability to regulate itself long term so you are more resilient in how you respond- to stress.
RESEARCH ON NEUROFEEDBACK & ANXIETY
Review of EEG Biofeedback Treatment of Anxiety Disorders
Moore, N. C. (2000). A Review of EEG Biofeedback Treatment of Anxiety Disorders. Clinical Electroencephalography,31(1), 1-6.
This article outlines the research that has examined Neurofeedback for anxiety conditions up until 2000, highlighting that alpha, theta, and alpha-theta enhancement is effective. Universitas Psychologica.
Neurofeedback Treatment of Depression and Anxiety
Hammond, Corydon D. (2005). Neurofeedback Treatment of Depression and Anxiety. Journal of Adult Development. 131-137
An effective Neurofeedback training, with cortisol correlates, in a clinical case of anxiety
Costa, Marta A., et al. (2016). An effective Neurofeedback training, with cortisol correlates, in a clinical case of anxiety.
Combined Neurofeedback and Heart Rate Variability Training for Individuals with Symptoms of Anxiety and Depression: A Retrospective Study
White, Elyse K., et al. (2017). Combined Neurofeedback and Heart Rate Variability Training for Individuals with Symptoms of Anxiety and Depression. International Society for Neurofeedback & Research. 37-55